Political Theory

Conservatism, Liberty, and Responsibility: An Experiment in Definition


Conferees used readings from modern political philosophy and contemporary political thought to investigate the nature of conservatism as shown in political debates involving the relation of religion and politics, the foundation of law, the relation of law and morality, and the status of liberty, justice, and equality.


From Liberty Fund

The Federalist

by By Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan

The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, constitutes a text central to the American political tradition. Written and published in newspapers in 1787 and 1788 to explain and promote ratification of the proposed Constitution for the United States, which were then bound by the Articles of Confederation,…

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Additional Readings

Schneewind, J. B., eds. Moral Philosophy from Montaigne to Kant, Volume I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Dworkin, Ronald. A Matter of Principle. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985.

Hampshire, Stuart. Morality and Conflict. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983.

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume XVII). Edited by Ronald Hamowy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 2011.

Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. Edited by Richard Tuck. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Hume, David. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals. Edited by Tom L. Beauchamp. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty. Edited by Elizabeth Rapaport. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 1978.

Oakeshott, Michael. Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1991.

Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice, Revised Edition. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Basic Political Writings. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1987.

Stephen, James Fitzjames. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. Edited by Stuart D. Warner. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1993.